Post-secondary education is expensive and a financial gift can be a huge help. Whether it‚Äôs to help cover tuition fees, books or rent, the costs add up.
To help offset such costs and honour the memory and achievements of agricultural journalist J.R. (Tim) Armstrong (1911-1979), the Tim Armstrong Educational Foundation awards a $1,000 bursary to BC agriculture and journalism students each year. Armstrong was publisher and editor of Country Life in BC, the province‚Äôs oldest agriculture newspaper, from 1952 to 1974.
The bursary is supported by contributions to the J.R. (Tim) Armstrong Memorial Fund, established by the BC Farm Writers‚Äô Association in 1980. The association also administers the fund, which remains open to contributions.
The most recent recipients of the bursary were Devon Coady, a student in her final year of her program at UBC‚Äôs Faculty of Land and Food Systems, and Cloe Logan of Langara College‚Äôs journalism program. Angeli dela Rosa of Kwantlen Polytechnic University‚Äôs sustainable agriculture program was the recipient in 2018.
Now in its 40th year, the bursary is accepting applications for the next award of funds in April. Qualified students are invited to apply by March 16. The bursary is open to BC students enrolled in their second year or higher of a journalism or agriculture program in a Canadian post-secondary school. The award is made based on a combination of the applicant‚Äôs academic performance, financial need and a commitment to their chosen field.
The bursary cover letter is available at [www.bcfwa.ca/resources–links.html] or by contacting the bursary chair, Ronda Payne, at [firstname.lastname@example.org].